Hey friends and Welcome Back!! I've been getting this question asked often, "Can toothpaste heal acne?" or "Can I use toothpaste as an acne spot treatment?" So today we are going to discuss toothpaste and if it is safe to apply to your face.

Toothpaste is always thought of as an inexpensive way for spot treat acne. People swear that acne is the best spot treatment and dries up their pimples fast and over night! But in fact, putting toothpaste on your face often leaves it red, irritated, and SWOLLEN.

The idea that toothpaste could heal acne comes from the idea of killing bacteria. We know that toothpaste kills bad breath by getting rid of the bacteria.. and some how, some way, some one put those two together. That person starts sharing the myth that toothpaste would be a good acne spot treatment. However, Toothpaste was not made to go on the skin and the ingredients in toothpaste do not fight acne - causing bacteria. 


Using toothpaste on an already inflamed pimple can cause more irritation and can actually cause redness and burn the skin. Sometimes toothpaste can cause a chemical burn on the skin, because toothpaste can irritate it so much. So my answer to this question is NO! Toothpaste can NOT heal acne and should NOT be used as a acne spot treatment. 

In my professional opinion, I would recommend using a spot treatment that contains ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sulfur. These ingredients are meant to kill acne-causing bacteria and are made to go on the skin. 

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Use toothpaste.... only on your TEETH!

Your Skin Therapist,

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